Frank J. Pierce, 81, of Panama City, Florida passed away Thursday March 6, 2014, at CovenantHospice In-Patient Care Center. He was born in Fountain, FL to Jessie Frank and Hattie Gainnie Pierce on March 10, 1932 and has been a resident of Bay County since 1991, moving here from Port St. Joe, FL.
Mr. Pierce was a member of the Port St. Joe High School Class of 1952. Frank enlisted in the United States Army and served his country through the 11th and 101st Airborne Divisions, receiving an Honorable Discharge in 1955. After returning to Port St. Joe, he began his 45 year telecommunications career as a lineman for St. Joseph Telephone & Telegraph Company. Mr. Pierce also worked with Continental Telephone Company and retired from the Engineering Department of GT Com in Port St. Joe. Frank was an active member of East Bay Baptist Church. An avid hunter and fisherman, he enjoyed pursuing game in numerous panhandle counties.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Lucille B. Pierce, and his son and daughter-in-law, Gregg and Cathy Pierce; his grandchildren Chelsea (Dan) Hitt, Cori (Zach) Wood and Jesse Pierce; his great-grandchildren Lexi and Lincoln Hitt, Wyatt and Elijah Pierce, Autumn Hitt, Joel and Noah Wood all of Bay County.
Frank is also survived by his brothers Floyd (Marilea) Pierce of Panama City and Paul (Charlotte) Pierce of Port St. Joe; his nephews Joe (Terri) Pierce of Panama City, Frank (Donna) Ritch and Jonathan Pierce all of Port St. Joe, FL.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Pierce was predeceased by his sister, Evelyn Watkins, and a great- grandson, Hunter Hitt.
In celebration of his life, a funeral service was held on Monday, March 10, 2014, at Southerland Family Funeral Home beginning at 10:00 a.m., with the Reverends Craig Hodges and Mike Stroud officiating. A time of visitation was held on Sunday, March 9, 2014, from 6-8 p.m. at Southerland Family Funeral Home.
In lieu of floral contributions, the family has requested that contributions be made in Mr. Pierce’s name to Covenant Hospice or the charity of your choice.